Camp at Wild Willy's Hot Spring

Yosemite Wild Willy's Hot Springs

Added by Greg Balkin

Take a soak in this hot spring with stunning views of the Eastern Sierra. The tubs are large enough to fit approximately 30 people. The hot springs are on public land, but please be thoughtful when camping -- choose established areas and pull-offs. Remember to pack out all of your trash!

Also known as "Crowley Hot Springs", Wild Willey's is located a short drive from Mammoth Lakes. For more information on the hot springs and the public land restoration, check out the BLM's Website. From Mammoth Lakes, head south on the 395 for 3.5 miles until you make a left at Benton Crossing Rd. Continue on Benton Crossing for 0.4 miles, which becomes Minnow Creek for 0.1 miles and then continues onto Benton Crossing for another 0.6 miles until you reach your destination.

Remember when visiting the hot springs to practice Leave No Trace principles and to bring cans instead of bottles for your beverages.

Key Points:

  • If camping, make sure you're on the BLM land, you can find our more information about maps here or contact the local office at (760) 872-5000
  • To get to the hot springs from The Green Church off of the 395, cross over 3 cattle guards and make the first possible right after the third guard (immediate after you cross over it). This is approximately 3.0 miles after you pass the church

Pack List

  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Camping gear if staying overnight
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4 months ago

Amazing place to stop after Backpacking or Skiing

I love stopping here on my drives back to LA after backpacking and skiing trips to Mammoth and Yosemite. There are two pools easily accessed from the parking area by a custom built gangplank, a small hotter pool and large cooler one. As mentioned by others the springs do get extremely crowded on weekends and during holiday seasons, and has a problem with people partying and leaving lots of trash. Please pack out what you pack in (that doesn’t mean just carrying your trash out and leaving it in the parking lot either).

4 months ago

4 months ago

Great Spot! Remember to leave it better than you found it.

Great spot to soak in the views and relax just a few miles down highway 395 from Mammoth Lakes. Don't head there on the weekends if you're hoping to get the hot spring to yourself.

4 months ago

6 months ago


I agree, there was some trash at this tub...but, being the neurotic person that I am, I picked it all up before I got in the tub because I had a plastic bag in my pack and I did not want to look at it while I relaxed. Mostly beer caps (which can cut someone's foot) and also a discarded sock. But, I happened upon this place midday when there was not another person for miles. Beautiful views, huge tub! It's worth the trip. You will also soak up some karma if you pick up the trash even if it is not yours. ;)

6 months ago

10 months ago

Don't Waste Your Time

There is trash everywhere and people every where, if you are looking for a quiet relaxing soak, this is not the place to do it. That's the problem with the outbound collective and other similar sites, they are spreading knowledge of these places and they will now become overcrowded and destroyed by young people and their wild parties.

10 months ago

12 months ago

Like was mentioned already, leave no trace, pick up what you bring and even pick up what others have left. This place is great for an après ski soak. Be open minded.

12 months ago

12 months ago

Sweet spot but please respect the area.

As a Mammoth Lakes resident, I use these tubs quite often, and think I have spent more time picking up trash and broken glass around the tubs than actually sitting in them. There are a ton of people that visit here and if were all do our part in picking up after each other, people wont be worried about sharing the cooler Hot Spring locations. Now that my rant is over, this is a terrific place to hang out no matter the season. BBQ, soak, beverages, views, you can do it all. It's a wonderful gem here in the Eastern Sierra.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Natural hot tubs are a great place to ditch your skivvies and soak as one with nature. Don't be surprised if you see some nudity, and don't be too bashful to join in yourself!

about 1 year ago

Added by Greg Balkin

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